Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty

1740 Words Oct 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Capital punishment also known as the “death penalty” is one of the many sanctions used for violent criminal whom are convicted of heinous crimes. It is a government sanction in which criminals are put to death by the state government. There’s an on-going debate regarding the pros and cons of the death penalty. There are some individuals whom support the penalty and also a large number of individuals whom are totally against the death penalty. There is no clear decision whether the death penalty is effective and provides a sense of deterrence or whether it’s simply a costly mistake. But is the death penalty influencing others not to commit crime or is just a sanction that cost a lot and no one pays attention to?
The criminal justice system has always focused on punishment rather than rehabilitation. They use the punishment sanctions to “prevent” future crime. Society sees punishment as the most acceptable way to hold criminals liable for their actions and to prove that there is social order. Capital punishment is one used when offenders commit more than likely heinous violent criminal acts such as murder. Some of the capital offenses that are punishable by death include first degree murder, rape with bodily harm, and federal treason. Although the death penalty will stop those individuals from committing a future crime, unfortunately it won’t deter other individuals from committing crime. Capital punishment isn’t something the criminal justice takes lightly meaning; we don’t…
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